Holiday travel tips for those making Easter plans

Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) sent out some safety reminders to those planning on hitting the road for the holidays.

Typically, it is during the holiday seasons, like this Easter and Spring Break, that roadways accidents tend to increase.

Troopers reported that the most common violations they see are speeding, not buckling up and distracted driving.

They, along with the SCDPS, offer safety tips to make your holiday plans as safe as possible, including:

-Taking frequent breaks to stretch legs and get some fresh air (recommended: 2 hours),

-refraining from driving right after having huge holiday meals;

-reporting aggressive/drunk drivers by calling *HP (*47);

-keeping a safe following distance (recommended: the 3-second rule, which you should count starting when a car passes a fixed object as compared when your passes), etc.

So far this year, there have been 255 traffic fatalities on South Carolina roads as compared to 272 last year around the same time. Still, authorities aim to continue reducing the number.

Motorists can monitor traffic via the Highway Patrol website at

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